After on-going arguments with his fellow Dragon, Duncan Bannatyne, the self-made millionaire, James Cann, has declared ‘I’m out’.
Producers have confirmed that, after around three years, the show’s most affable dragon will not be returning to take part in any more shows.
The two Dragons have come to blows over many issues, leaving Duncan Bannatyne refusing to utter a word to Cann for the past nine months.
In a move that will disappoint and surprise the entrepreneurs in whose company he has invested and his dedicated fan base, the magnates’ decision also comes two months after the controversial ‘babygate’ affair.
When in his native country, Pakistan, Cann was filmed offering to buy a couple’s baby from them to allow the baby to be free from poverty.
Cann insists his intentions were only out of good will, but in the devastating aftereffects of the floods, the 50-year-old businessman was criticised for poor judgement.
It was questioned at the time whether this criticism would affect his role in the popular BBC show, Dragons’ Den.
The entrepreneur denies the incident was a contributing factor to his departure from the programme. ‘My work and philanthropic interests mean I can’t devote the time required to the Den any longer.
‘Dragons’ Den has been an integral and exciting part of my professional life, and I thank the show profusely for letting me be a part of it for so long.’
Cann, who worked his way up after leaving school with no qualifications, began his head-hunting business empire after obtaining his first job as a trainee interviewer.